Rock Legend Eric Clapton Is Gradually Losing His Hearing
It is sad but true. Legendary British singer and songwriter Eric Clapton is gradually going deaf. In a startling revelation to BBC Radio 2, the 72-year-old musician came clean about his current state of health.
Earlier in 2013, Clapton revealed that he was suffering severe nerve damage that had begun to affect his ability to play the guitar. He credits his declining ability to his age.
The only thing I'm concerned with now is being in my 70s and being able to be proficient. I mean, I'm going deaf, I've got tinnitus, my hands just about work.
Despite his health problems, he will continue working
He may be getting old, but Clapton is bent on keeping the course and making music. He says that work is not going to stop anytime soon as he even has a couple of gigs planned. Immediately, he confirms bookings for a show at Hyde Park sometime in July of 2018.
A concert like none other
Despite having a long and illustrious career, Clapton does have some regrets. He confesses that most of 20 years in his career were fueled by substance abuse and alcohol. These habits seemed pleasant at the time, but looking back, Clapton believes they did more harm than good.
Still, he is grateful that he survived the time and finds it “amazing” that he made it out alive. For him, being alive now has new meaning. He has the opportunity to share his music with millions of people and hopes, perhaps, that many will find a reason to live on the straight and narrow.
Clapton is the only musician to ever be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times. One of three was for his achievements as a solo artist. The other two times were a member of bands, the Yardbirds and Cream.
A documentary chronicling the life and times of the icon titled Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars is out now.